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In This Issue

Fall 2017 I Volume 8, Issue 4

140 130 120 Featured Homes:

120 Ageless Beauty

Looking every bit like an authentic farmhouse of bygone days, a circa-2008 home in Fairfield County offers the best of worlds both old and new. Text by Megan Fulweiler I Photography by Michael Partenio I Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

130 On the Cutting Edge

A home overlooking a Litchfield County pond blends the rustic with the contemporary in a design as solid as the granite ledge upon which it perches. Text by Bob Curley I Photography by John Gruen I Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

140 Echoes of the Past

Simple, clean, and decidedly modern, a Newtown home nevertheless pays homage to the farming history of its fourteen-acre site. Text by Debra Judge Silber I Photography by Michael Partenio I Produced by Stacy Kunstel

On the cover: A Litchfield County home with interiors by Polly Lewis is tailor-made for a brilliant autumn. Photograph by John Gruen. To see more of this home, turn to page 130. Fall 2017 | New England Home Connecticut  17

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In This Issue

Fall 2017 I Volume 8, Issue 4


42 50 91 Perspectives

Chic bar seating options; a trio of new books that celebrate design; the husband-and-wife owners of Advanced Home Audio on the latest smart home tech; an elegant living room plays up its seaside location in any season.

102 Design Life

Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design.


Edited by Lynda Simonton

20 From the Editor 28 Artistry: Out of Africa


Westport-based ceramic artist Lauren Kaplan looks to her South African roots with sculptural works that capture the essence of her homeland. By Allegra Muzzillo

34 Special Spaces: Rekindled Loves

When a fire destroyed a designer’s home, she revisited furnishings from her past for a fresh—and inexpensive— approach to her new space. Text by Julie Dugdale I Photography by Michael Partenio I Produced by Stacy Kunstel

108 Trade Notes

New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business. By Paula M. Bodah

110 Calendar Edited by Lynda Simonton

150 Resources

A guide to the professionals and products featured in this issue.

151 Advertiser Index 152 Sketch Pad A fashion designer turns his talents to furniture, with beautiful results.

42 In Our Backyard: Bathing Beauties

A West Hartford importer cleans up in the luxury bath accessories market. By Maria LaPiana

50 New In The Showrooms

Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in Connecticut shops and showrooms. Edited by Lynda Simonton

56 “5 Under 40” Wrap-Up

Celebrating the young winners of our 2017 “5 Under 40” awards.


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Editor’s Letter

Noticing The Simple Things


have a tendency—I know it about myself, and my friends also enjoy reminding me occasionally, for good measure—to overintellectualize. Faced with pretty much any situation or set of data, my mind naturally begins searching for patterns, building a logical framework, or extrapolating what might be an underlying rationale. At most times this tendency stands me in good stead; an ability to see the big picture can be helpful in many aspects of work and life. Theorizing, though, isn’t the only valid approach when it comes to experiencing the world, and especially when it comes to getting the most from design. So every now and then, when I remember to make myself do it, or when I happen on an object or an image that stops me in my tracks, I make it a point simply to notice and admire the little things,

Corrections and amplifications: We learned after our summer issue went to press that much of the art shown in “A Modern Classic,” starting on page 78—including the dining room wall piece by Jeremy Holmes and a painting by Benjamin Guffee over the living room sofa—came from Heather Gaudio Fine Art in New Canaan ­(, which represents those artists in Connecticut. Gallery owner Heather Gaudio has been a long-time collaborator with the family in assembling their collection.

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the details that can add momentary—or lasting— pleasure to life. Satisfying forms, sensuous textures, brash or subtle plays of color: take the time to look, and there they are. Putting together an issue of the magazine is a perfect excuse for indulging in this exercise. Of course our features will be filled with rooms that are carefully composed in terms of shape and scale and color harmony. But many of the raw materials of those rooms are also gorgeous in their own right. Consider the voluptuous surfaces of Lauren Kaplan’s raku ceramics (see page 28), with their sooty cracks and incised graphics. How delightful to live with those daily! Or what about a soap dish sheathed in a grid of capiz-shell tiles (page 42), an item whose primly regular architecture contrasts wonderfully with the mottled internal glow of its covering? Our scope for aesthetic appreciation can also extend beyond formalites of structure or material attributes. Narrative and inspiration can charm in their own right, as when, on page 152, fashion designer and longtime Connecticut resident Alexander Julian discusses background concerns that have undergirded his long career in apparel and that translate just as convincingly into his furniture collections. (A side note: if you might be interested in experiencing some of Julian’s design thinking in a more comprehensive way, it turns out that his Ridgefield estate is currently on the market. You can find a preview at alexander​julian​ Sometimes—at least now and again—it really doesn’t hurt to turn off the analyzing brain and let the senses take over. And sometimes I don’t even feel guilty afterward. —Kyle Hoepner

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Out of Africa

Westport-based ceramic artist Lauren Kaplan looks to her South African roots with sculptural works that capture the essence of her homeland. can take Lauren Kaplan out of Africa, • You but you definitely can’t take Africa out of Lau-

ren Kaplan. Drawing from her colorful upbringing in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kaplan, who now lives in Westport, hand-molds large- and small-scale decorative vessels composed of stoneware, raku, and porcelain clays, using the African bush and its teeming wildlife as her muses. In homage to her birthplace, Kaplan often accents her pieces with found objects from nature—twigs here, fibers there—and uses several different firing techniques to create vastly dissimilar bodies of work. Kaplan’s sculptural raku pottery closely parallels the texture of an elephant’s skin, her porcelain items take on distinct zebra stripes and cheetah-like markings, her pit-fired vessels look as if they’ve been recovered from an archaeological dig in the Kalahari, and her stoneware sculptures resemble tribal artifacts.

Kaplan’s education and interest in ceramic arts began more than thirty years ago. “I started ceramics just as a hobby and passion,” says Kaplan, who initially learned to make quarter-inch-thick slab pots from a private instructor. “I’d wait for them to dry to a certain degree and then I’d cut them up and start drawing in corners and doing curves,” she adds. In 1997, her husband’s work required the couple’s move to Zurich, Switzerland. There they remained until 2001, when Laurence’s job took them to the United States. A home with proximity to both Stamford and New York City was important, and a friend suggested Westport for its rich history as an artist’s colony. Kaplan indeed found a home she loved in the picturesque town, and the family settled in. All was well—until September 11 and the terrorist attack that destroyed New York’s World Trade Center. Thrown for a loop like so many others, Kaplan found herself

A trio of Zig Zag bowls, wheel-thrown and fired using the naked raku technique, 11"H × 9"W, 9″H × 7″W, and 10″H × 8″W.

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the events of September 11 threw Kaplan for a loop. she found herself thinking, “I’m going to have to create in order to get my head out of this funk.” thinking, “I’m going to have to create in order to get my head out of this funk.” She enrolled in classes at the prestigious Silver­ mine Arts Center in New Canaan, where she was exposed to raku pottery, a type of earthenware produced via the traditional Japanese method of lowtemperature firing, followed by removing the piece from the kiln while it’s still red-hot, and then cooling it in open air. “Every single time a raku piece comes out, I’m amazed by the result,” says Kaplan. “I refer to raku as perfect imperfection—and you can never duplicate a piece.”

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Her true passion lies in the naked raku process, a derivative of the regular raku practice. Kaplan’s naked raku pieces are hand-molded and fired once, or bisqued, to remove all traces of water. She then applies slip—colored clay with the consistency of runny cake batter—to the object. The piece is fired to a temperature of roughly 1450° F in a specialized kiln, and removed (with long forceps) while it’s still in a molten state. “When you wave it around for a few seconds, any glaze on the object starts to crackle because it cools quicker than the clay,” she explains. She plunges the hot piece into a vessel filled with Photography by Carmine Picorello

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below: A pair of sculptures, stoneware slab and black slip, 20½″H × 9½″W × 7″D and 23″H × 11″W × 8″D. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: I Am Africa, brown stoneware and black slip, 11″H × 9″W × 4″D, 16″H × 12″W × 4″D, and 13″H × 11″W × 4″D; crescent sculpture, white stoneware, 16″H; a pair of raku clay cones, naked raku fired, 13″H x 6″W and 12″H x 6″W; architectural sculptures, raku-fired clay slabs, 19″H x 14″W x 4″D and 17″H x 13″W x 4″D.

sawdust, creating flames and smoke, and closes the vessel tightly. Black soot gets trapped in all the little cracks that were established between the kiln and the sawdust phases, creating unpredictable designs. “And that’s where the element of surprise comes in,” says Kaplan. “When you eventually dunk the piece in water, the glaze actually pops off. It’s ­spectacular!” Kaplan’s work is at once utilitarian and sculptural, simple and complex. And if Africa is her inspiration, the results also have an Asian feel. In fact, the Japanese department store Takashimaya chose to showcase her work alongside Japanese ceramics artists in its window at Bergdorf Goodman. “I couldn’t believe that those were my pieces, because they worked so perfectly in an Asian setting,” Kaplan says. The artist’s multicultural background and attunement to disparate cultures informs her work, but her heart, she has decided, belongs to this country. “So many people in South Africa ask me, ‘What’s home for you? South Africa or America?’ I tell them I love coming back to South Africa for a short time, but I go home to America.”  EDITOR’S NOTE: To see more of Lauren Kaplan’s work, visit Fall 2017 | New England Home Connecticut  31

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kicked in; I did this in two days,” Schwarz says. She was able to salvage just one item from the ashes, a marble counter that she repurposed as a tabletop in her new kitchen. Most of her current furnishings came from basement storage at her parents’ home. “I resurrected all of these things I had just removed from my house, because everything new got destroyed,” she says. For instance, the white-trimmed glass accent table above a gray bench in the sitting area? It was part of the decor in her childhood home. The piece changed hands to friends of her parents before Schwarz saw it years later—and wanted it back. “I fell in love with this older stuff all over again,” she confesses. Schwarz, who has a background in nutrition and no formal design training, began her career almost by

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juxtapositions, such as a glass-topped table floating above a tufted bench with Lucite legs, add personality. Mindy Schwarz’s new digs include a cozy outdoor sitting area. Bright ottomans make a colorful splash beneath a table and vintage lamp. Schwarz coordinates effortlessly with her dog, Mona, who wears pooch-sized Target couture.

accident, starting with her love for antiques. Buying up treasures all over New England, she decided to host a sale and, in the process, accrued a roster of clients, some of whom remain with her today for design and home building services through her Westport-based business, House Warriors. “I’m a very strange creature,” she says. “I don’t draw. It’s all in my mind, and it comes out exactly how I want it to without ever putting a pen to paper.” Perhaps nothing illustrates this talent more than her new space. Schwarz favors a neutral palette, though she admits she has a thing for rotating funky accents. “I never commit to a color scheme in any place, and I’m always changing my throw pillows,” she says. “Those Bengal tiger pillows in the living room? You might come back another day and they’d be gone.”

Beneath them, the “invisible” chairs from Ikea are a calm presence against the built-ins, which house lamps fashioned from old zinc columns. Designed by Schwarz and made by Cranberry Hill Lighting in Maine, the lamps play off the gray lounge chairs— floor samples from West Elm—which add texture and pizazz to the living space. A pair of 1940s sofas she found on Craigslist look coastal-chic in custommade slipcovers. “I don’t have anything expensive,” Schwarz says.

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Special Spaces “I’m a house warrior—I just keep going till it’s the way I want it,” says Schwarz. “it’s a story. As we go, I’m constantly changing the ending.” They may not have cost her an exorbitant amount, but that’s not to say many of Schwarz’s picks aren’t valuable. Her favorite piece, a seahorse sculpture on the living room coffee table, once served as the top of a fountain. “I’d admired it in a friend’s house for many years, and one day she showed up at my house with it for my birthday,” she says. “The cage on top is from HomeGoods—it’s a $900 seahorse with a $9.99 topper. I love the way it’s put together with three pieces that

didn’t start together.” Some might call that sentiment a metaphor for her entire home. After the fire, Schwarz was forced to work with what she had in storage, what she could repurpose from the old house, and what she could collect from easy-access stores in the span of a few days. Except that nothing about the coastal-

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FAR LEFT: The elegant curves of the polished marble lamps contrast with the stark angles of the dining area’s console table. LEFT: Schwarz retrieved the glass tray from storage. FACING PAGE, LEFT: Schwarz fell in love with the garden statue she found at a New York City estate sale. FACING PAGE, RIGHT: A marble slab, salvaged from the fire in Schwarz’s previous home, became the dining tabletop in her new place.

slash-glam space seems forced. Somehow the flow is just right—a mélange of old-new, subtle-bold, and indoor-outdoor contrasts (the dining room’s table base and chairs were salvaged from her old patio and garden, for example) that looks effortless despite the less-than-ideal circumstances. “When you have all the things there, you can work magic,” Schwarz says

of reacquainting herself with her storage castoffs. “I’m a house warrior—I just keep going till it’s the way I want it. I work frequently with a builder, and he always wants to know how everything’s going to look from the beginning. And I’ll say, ‘No, it’s a story.’ As we go, I’m constantly changing the ending.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 150.

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hard to say exactly when the “neces• It’s sary room” became a necessary luxury, but

we’ve been giving our bathrooms the spa treatment for some time. They’re retreats now, rejuvenation rooms, sanctuaries—outfitted with Japanese soaking tubs, steam showers with pebbled floors, mouth-blown glass vessel sinks. Where can you find accessories that will do justice to such lavish spaces? Enter Labrazel, a twenty-year-old company headquartered in West Hartford, and source for artisan-made bath accents found in luxury hotels and residences all over the world. It’s a niche market, and they’ve got its top tier covered nicely. In 1997, after a stint on Wall Street and a decade with a family-owned import business in Texas, Labrazel president Brad Zeligson and his wife, Lauren Klein Zeligson, moved to Connecticut to be

ABOVE: The champagne-hued Capiz collection is made of natural capiz shell over a resin base and has a durable finish of clear acrylic coating. LEFT: The alabaster Claudia collection has crisply chiseled panels and fluted edges that give it an architectural quality. In most collections, metal accents, such as the pump bottle tops, come in a variety of finishes.

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3 Approximately 80 percent of the company’s production takes place in Italy. “Most of our supplier network is in the Tuscany region,” says brad Zeligson

1. Crafted of cast pewter, the Sofia collection recalls an antique tea set with its baroque curves and decorative feet. 2. Exotic wood veneer wraps the pieces of the Fernwood collection. 3. Mouthblown, hand-etched lead crystal makes up the Focal collection. 4. The Ambarino collection is made of Mexican white onyx with caramel swirls.

closer to family. They purchased an odd-lot inventory from an accessories importer in Hamden, “a mishmash of low-end home accessories,” says Brad, “but there were some gems: a couple of gold- and silverleaf wastebaskets, tissue box covers, and trays from Florence.” At the Dallas Market that year, he met the buyer for Neiman Marcus, who bought the Italian pieces—and asked for more. “The next week I was on a plane to Italy,” he adds, “and the rest is history.” Connecticut proved the perfect place from which to launch a new company. “We’re so happy we made the move,” says Zeligson. “Not only have we been able to put down roots and develop great friendships, but living in West Hartford allows us to manage our clients and business in New York, while enjoying four wonderful seasons, proximity to Boston, the beaches in the summer, and the mountains in the winter.” Labrazel’s product line features wastebaskets, tissue covers, soap dispensers, canisters, tumblers and brush holders, soap dishes, trays, and pump

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tops. What differentiates these accessories from the kind you can find in dozens of department stores? Craftsmanship and choice materials, which include gold and silver leaf over ceramic and wood, travertine marble, mouth-blown glass, polished alabaster, Capiz shell, cast cement, limestone, bronze, hand-painted enamel, onyx, polished nickel, and crystal. The company sells to high-end retailers, including the Bloomingdale’s flagship store and ABC Carpet


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In Our Backyard 1. The Prisma Clear collection is crafted with mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal. 2. Brass components are used in the bases for the Parsons collection. 3. Pieces start with a “gather” of molten glass on a blowing tube. 4. Pewter craftsmanship has changed very little over the centuries; decorative details are chiseled by hand. 5. The Vine Platinum collection features a hand-cut leaf and vine design embellished with platinum.

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1 & Home in New York City, Harrods of London, and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, and outfits upscale homes, yachts, private jets, and luxury resorts and hotels (the Four Seasons is a customer). Its products are also available through catalogs like Frontgate and Neiman Marcus. Zeligson, who serves as unofficial creative director, says, “inspiration comes primarily from trends and materials in the marketplace that we see emerging—or coming back in style.” He has collaborated with several well-known designers, including Michael Berman and Jamie Drake, and over time the line has become more transitional and even contemporary. Approximately 80 percent of the company’s production takes place in Italy. “Most of our supplier network is in the Tuscany region,” Zeligson explains. “I travel to visit our various artisans, who are mostly small, family-owned operations.”

He’s proud of the collaborative network they’ve established with Italian artisans because it allows the company to combine materials: brass bases with marble, for example, or semi-precious stones with ceramics. When he ventures outside Italy, it’s for a material or a process unavailable there. For example, Labrazel produces some items using varieties of onyx and marble found only in Mexico; the shell work is done in the Philippines, and Zeligson turns to Rocky Mountain

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Hardware, in Idaho, for cast architectural bronze. Labrazel may be a purveyor of specialty goods, but you don’t have to be special (or well-connected) to enjoy its products in your own home. All of the collections you see on the website are available at all times. That’s important, says Zeligson, because his company caters to customers who don’t want to wait once they complete new construction, a renovation, or a bathroom redo. For fourteen years, Labrazel had a local presence

with a brick-and-mortar location in West Hartford Center, run by Lauren. As the company evolved into a brand with an international presence, the couple decided to close the store and embrace global opportunities instead. Lauren is now focusing on designing a line of Italian-made fine jewelry called L. Klein Jewelry, which launched last year. Luckily, her new venture requires travel to Italy, so she and Brad get to go together. Says her husband, “There are definitely worse places to work.”

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1. Mirror, Mirror Bring warmth and reflection to a room with this vintage mirror in an ever-popular starburst shape.  | George Home, Washington Depot, 2. Tree to Table Andrew Pearce builds on his family legacy of artisan-made home goods with handcrafted wooden bowls, perfect for a lush fall table setting. | Simon Pearce, Westport and Greenwich,


3. American Heritage Jump on the nostalgia wagon with fabrics reminiscent of iconic Pendleton blankets. The textiles are made from hard-wearing Sunbrella for use inside and out. | Pindler, Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, 4. Zen Master Famed designer Clodagh brings her mantra of “life-enhancing minimalism” to her collaboration with AKDO. The line features textured stone mosaics and subway tile in a soothing neutral

palette. | Klaffs, Norwalk and Danbury,, and Karen Berkemeyer Home, Westport, 5. Take Two An appealing two-tone black and brass finish and a refined oblong shape elevate Currey & Company’s Huntsman lantern above the crowd. | Connecticut Lighting Centers, Hartford and Southington,​ 6. Still Stylish Available now at J. Seitz & Company, this leather chair from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams marries streamlined midcentury modern style and contemporary comfort.  | New Preston,

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1. Forever Fabulous Bulgari candlesticks from the 1970s still look hip and stylish—making them the ultimate investment pieces. | Simon Teakle, Greenwich,

4. Sweet Heart Fall in love with Schumacher’s Coquette tape with corded embroidery executed in delightful scrolling hearts. | DesignSourceCT, Hartford,

2. Himalayan Influence Jakub Staron expresses his fascination with Tibetan craft and culture with the new Tibetan Skye rug collection. #29869 is shown here. | J.D. Staron, Stamford,

5. Recline in Style Simple and stylish, Serena & Lily’s new Harbour Cane daybed is a versatile piece that will add crisp coastal style—and space for an extra guest—to any room. | Serena & Lily, Westport,

3. The Right Stripe Bunakara’s Fingerprint Two Stripes chair checks all the style boxes with a classic silhouette and an unexpected fabric-wrapped frame. | Threetrees Interiors, Old Lyme,

6. Twiggy Shed some light as autumn arrives with this nature-inspired lamp from Arteriors featuring delicate gilding upon a Lucite base. | Lillian August, Norwalk and Danbury,

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Advanced Home Audio Inc. is the preeminent designer of sophisticated music, theater, environment, and lighting systems. We’re known by the area’s best architects, builders, and interior designers for our elegant designs that complement your home and are tailored to your needs.

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he design community reconvened after the summer season to celebrate the most promising young regional talent in residential architecture and design at New England Home’s eighth annual “5 Under 40” awards party. The guests of honor for the event were architect Maggie Mink of Marcus Gleysteen Architects and textile designer Ellisha Alexina of Ellisha Alexina, along with interior designers Kristina Crestin of Kristina Crestin Design, Erin Gates of Erin Gates Design and the blog Elements of Style, and Nina Farmer of Nina Farmer Interiors. More than 400 people gathered at Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting’s Boston showroom and spilled out into the atrium at 333 Stuart Street to celebrate the

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| 1. Guests striking a pose at the Swoon Booth sponsored by Karastan | 2. The party filled the atrium outside the Landry & Arcari showroom | 3. Celebrity emcee Jenny Johnson, shown here with Maggie Mink, led the auction bidding | 4. Ellisha Alexina signs her rug for winning bidder Ryan Alcaidinho of Hutker Architects | 5. Enjoying the wooden puzzle favor crafted by Youngblood Builders  | 6. New England Home’s publisher Kathy Bush-Dutton  | 7. Mia Buchsbaum, director of Barakat’s Cambridge office, was happy to take donations for the charity | 8. Trophies designed and crafted by Woodmeister Master Builders

winners. Fantastical floral arrangements by The World of Marc Hall delighted guests as they sipped signature cocktails by Wiggly Bridge Distillery and local beer from ­Portico Brewing Company, while enjoying delicacies prepared by Davio’s restaurant. A photo booth was a popular spot as guests struck a pose with friends and colleagues. A highlight of the evening was a spirited auction of one-of-a-kind rugs designed by the “5 Under 40” winners and handcrafted by Landry & Arcari’s weavers. Local media celebrity Jenny Johnson was the emcee for the night, encouraging a friendly bidding war to raise funds to benefit Barakat, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based charity that supports literacy and education for women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The “5 Under 40” program has raised more than $150,000 since its inception. Party photos by Allan Dines

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ver the past two years, Beth Krupa was awarded three national design awards (DOTY) from the Interior Design Society. Beth believes that when you enter a home, you should instantly feel a connection to that space and those residing there. Absolutely anything can be done as long as you’re staying true to your client’s visions and desires. Beth’s team loves creating high-end, personal environments for their clients. Beth Krupa Interiors (BKI) is a full-service interior design firm with a global perspective derived from Beth’s experience living in London, India, Hong Kong, and New York

City. She uses her past travels and design expertise to target unique and high-quality furnishings and finishes found at design markets. BKI creatively collaborates with their clients to foster a sense of place that will inspire, motivate, and nurture. Armed with knowledge from market trends and skilled trades artisans, their team knows how to find, build, or design anything that can be dreamed up. There are times when a well-placed artifact can serve as a focal point to enhance a space and maximize impact. The designers look at every detail found in a luxurious environment and select each final finish from thousands. Creativity and beauty surround the design studio, and the designers use that same feel to solve clients’ problems.


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Closet & Storage Concepts

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loset & Storage Concepts is a Norwalkbased home organization and storage products company that designs, manufactures, and installs custom closet and storage organization systems. We craft space-saving solutions for closets, mudrooms, pantries, laundry rooms, garages, and home offices, and also fabricate wall units and murphy beds. The professionally trained storage-system designers and space-planning consultants at Closet & Storage Concepts will assist you during the entire project— measuring the space, performing a

detailed needs-analysis, and making recommendations for maximizing the use of your space. Our designers will create a custom design using our sophisticated CAD program to illustrate what the finished product will look like through floor plans, elevations, and renderings. We pride ourselves on creating solutions that meet your needs and budget. Our skilled craftsmen will custom manufacture your system in our Norwalk facility, and our team of professional installers will flawlessly construct your closet or storage system at your location. Closet & Storage Concepts 356 Ely Avenue Norwalk, CT 06854

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Connecticut Stone

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onnecticut Stone is your complete, professional source for innovative ideas for designing with stone. Our knowledgeable staff has over 68 years of experience collaborating with architects, builders, and landscape designers on large-scale residential and commercial projects. From full-scale custom kitchen and bath designs to outdoor pools and patios, our team partners to work with you to ensure a seamless process from material selection through project construction to completion.

Browse our 10,000-square-foot showroom for a wide selection of native and imported natural stone, including marble, granite, limestone, building stone, and more. In our fabrication facility, we cut and finish materials to your exact needs and specifications. Our professional and friendly staff will guide you through our luxury product lines of porcelain, ceramic, and glass tile, featuring respected brands such as Artistic Tile, AKDO, Walker Zanger, and New Ravenna. Let us help you see the full potential of stone and the unexpected ways it can transform your home. Call (203) 882-1000 or visit to get started today!

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Connie Cooper Designs

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onnie Cooper Designs is a fullservice interior design firm whose goal is to create a home environment that is tailored to the individual client’s personal style, needs, and budget. Connie listens to her clients and guides them in expressing their own personal style—whether it’s traditional, transitional, or modern— to create a look that can be enjoyed for years to come. Connie studied interior design at Michigan State University and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in textile design at Rhode Island School of Design. Her unusual combinations of color, texture, and

pattern grew out of her earlier career designing textiles, floor coverings, and wallpaper. She lived in Asia for seven years with her family, traveling and collecting Asian arts and antiques. This experience helped to nurture her eclectic approach. Connie’s artistic flair and willingness to go the extra mile ensure that she will find a creative solution for any design challenge. Whether it is one room, a whole house, or new construction, Connie Cooper Designs will create a home that looks fresh and new and will be uniquely yours. In 2016, Connie was a finalist for an A-List award from athome and a winner of the HOBI Award for Interior Design.


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ffering a dazzling array of custom interior design resources to and through trade professionals, DesignSourceCT occupies a smartly designed 17,000-square-foot, lightfilled showroom conveniently located off I-84 Exit 46 in Hartford. Now in its thirteenth year, DSCT offers professionals throughout the tri-state area exceptional customer service and a comprehensive representation of products from more than 400 home furnishing vendors, all on one floor. Co-founders and owners, Nancy Zwiener and Richard Ott, provide a curated offering of custom furniture, fabrics, trims,

wall coverings, accessories, artwork, drapery hardware, floor covering, lighting, and custom bedding at a variety of price points. For clients requiring immediate availability, a vast selection of occasional pieces, accessories, and lighting can be purchased from showroom inventory. Through a by-appointment Designer-on-Call program, DesignSourceCT offers retail customers the opportunity to browse the showroom (open Monday-Friday, 10 am–4 pm) and meet with one of our on-site designers to discuss their residential design needs. The program is very affordable and helps demystify the process of interior design for those individuals who have not worked with a design professional previously.

Richard Ott & Nancy Zwiener

It’s worth your time to come visit our 25,000 s.f. smartly designed, light-filled showroom. DesignSourceCT throughout the tri-state area a service-oriented, comprehensive design showroom. We also invite retail customers to browse the showroom and can provide referrals to our in-house Designers-on-Call.

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Dujardin Design

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ujardin Design Associates, Inc. (DDA) creates distinctive interiors for some of the world’s most discerning clientele. From the traditional to the more contemporary, from casual beach houses to chic city apartments, the firm’s clean, refined aesthetic marries the finest antique furniture, original art, sustainable materials, and natural finishes with timeless style. Equally at home in St. Andrews, Scotland, New York City, New England, or on Trudy Dujardin’s

beloved Nantucket Island, the awardwinning design firm’s interiors blend color, texture, light, and architecture to create a place of serenity and sanctuary, a signature of their style. Custom-made furnishings, exquisite attention to architectural details, and one-of-a-kind treasures showcase the unique personalities of the homeowners. Enhancing the quality of life of the homeowner encompasses selecting non-toxic materials, ensuring pristine indoor air quality, and providing an energy-efficient environment. DDA creates a beautiful home designed to blend quietly with nature.

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East Coast Design Inc.

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ustom Design Services: We communicate verbally and visually. It is the close and often intimate collaboration between interior designer and client that produces the most authentic results. From conception to implementation, for both residential and commercial design projects, our team collaborates with builders, architects, and trade professionals to create luxurious and distinctive

interiors. As your design team, we listen, guide, plan, and translate your vision into a space with sophisticated functionality. Boutique: Located in the historic seaside town of Marblehead, Massachusetts, our distinctive products include an ever-changing array of original art, photography, new and refurbished furniture, wallcoverings and textiles sold by the yard, luxurious hand-made leather goods, sumptuous downfilled pillows, home decor, giftware, and lighting. We gladly ship anywhere.

East Coast Design Inc. 34 Atlantic Avenue Marblehead, MA 01945

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Jan Hiltz Interiors, LLC

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an Hiltz, principal and owner of Jan Hiltz Interiors, LLC, has more than 25 years of interior design experience. She is known for her ability to weave a palette of comfort, good taste, and a hint of the unexpected into each of her clients’ homes. Jan has designed projects in London, Connecticut, Boston, Manhattan, Long Island, and Westchester. Her client’s lifestyle is foremost in her creation of beautiful spaces. She treats each project as if it were her only one; her personal service and attention to each client’s

needs are paramount to her success. From project management to dealing with a renovation or guiding a client through the decisions associated with building a new home, Jan makes the process seamless. Her company offers a full-service approach, to include all aspects of interior design, i.e., custom window treatments and furnishings, space planning, renovations, project management, and contractor administration. She offers sound advice to meet both lifestyle and budget. The enthusiasm from Jan’s clients at the end of each project, as well as the referrals she garners, says it all.


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Kellie Burke Interiors

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ellie studied design at Skidmore College in New York, as well as overseas in Florence, Italy. During her time abroad, she soaked in the design principles associated with many different countries, including Portugal, Russia, Italy, France, Belgium, England, Estonia, and Scandinavia. After working as a studio artist and faux painter, Kellie established her West Hartford, Connecticut-

based interior design firm, Kellie Burke Interiors, in 1995. The firm expanded to include a design studio filled with trendy, high-style home products and accessories. When designing a home, one of Kellie’s philosophies is that “it should feel like a well-traveled home and not have a matching, storebought look.” She gravitates toward an Old World style with modern, functioning accents. Kellie is also very aware of the needs of clients with families, and coordinates her efforts to make sure her designs meet their practical requirements.


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ith more than 20 in-house interior designers, four locations, unlimited trade resources, and an unprecedented selection of quality products, as well as licensed furniture collections, Lillian August is the premier one-stop resource for design. The Lillian August Design Center in Norwalk boasts 100,000 square feet and showcases all that this unique company has to offer. In addition, three other Lillian August locations in Fairfield County offer inspiring shopping experiences. Lillian August has grown thanks
to the vision of Lillian, who oversees

the design of all licensed collections, and as a result of the entrepreneurial spirit of her sons, Dan and John Weiss, who continue to develop the Lillian August brand by offering an eclectic selection of quality products from around the globe, along with top-notch design and trade services, and an unparalleled customer experience. For nearly 30 years, Lillian August has been dedicated to helping its clients to Love How You Live.®

Dan and John Weiss

The Design Center, 32 Knight Street, Norwalk, CT • (203) 847-3314 The Atelier, 26 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT • (203) 489-3740 The Annex, 85 Water Street, South Norwalk, CT • (203) 838-0153 The Warehouse, 47 John Street, Stamford, CT • (203) 847-1596

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Marianne Donahue Interiors

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n the 1980s, Marianne Donahue started Castles and Cottages, an interior design firm in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. While involved in a design project, she met Joseph Namnoun, owner of the J. Namnoun Rug Gallery in Hartford. They worked together for more than 20 years, specializing in Oriental carpets, textiles, and custom fabrication, with an emphasis on classic design and timeless style.

Drawn to antiques, the fine quality of handmade furniture, and a strong use of color and texture, Marianne likes layering and mixing period design with modernism, but is always conscious of making each space usable. “A true living room is never off limits” is one of her mantras. “It’s all about comfort, using every room to its best advantage. Curl up on the sofa, put your feet on the coffee table. If you have silver flatware, use it every day.”


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McCory Interiors

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hen it comes to design, it’s personal. Whether minimal or extravagant, each space has meaning behind it. It provokes emotion. McCory Interiors is a full-service Connecticut-based design firm specializing in high-end residential interior design. They are known for their comprehensive palette and their extensive knowledge of the decorative arts.

Stemming from a desire for unique textures and unexpected details, McCory Interiors pushes
the envelope while still classically executing each space. They design with confidence and intention, are fearless with color, while offering
a balanced mix of materials and juxtaposed styles. Working on projects that range in scope and size, from Manhattan apartments to 14,000-square-foot homes in the country, McCory Interiors will take the time to make your space a unique and comfortable experience for you, your family, and your guests.

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rawing from her European heritage and impressive travel portfolio, Olga Adler creates captivating spaces that are instant conversation starters. Her awardwinning designs combine a mix of international styles and periods to create a sophisticated global look—a worldly blend of pattern, color, and texture. Olga relies on a multitude of resources to create beautiful spaces with a sophisticated cosmopolitan

feel. She mixes the finest fabrics and custom furniture with vintage finds and striking art for an expertly edited look. Her ability to blend old with new and simple with refined has attracted a loyal following who have come to depend on her imagination and inventive use of resources to create homes that are as chic as they are comfortable. When not working on projects with her clients, she can be found at the beach, walking with her dog, Gloria, rummaging through art galleries or cooking a creative meal for her family and friends.

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Roughan Interiors

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hristina S. Roughan of Roughan Interiors (ROWAN) is an award-winning designer who believes her clients’ homes should reflect their personal style. Roughan is known for her curated approach to modern/traditional design
that creates the ultimate livable interior. Her 20 years of experience allow her to offer a luxurious and refined product that translates
to apartments, vacation homes, condominiums, and primary and secondary residences around

the world. Roughan is a full-service design firm with locations in Connecticut and New York City. Christina has been featured
in shelter magazines such as Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, New England Home, House Beautiful, and Elle Decor, just to name a few. She has received four awards from the Andrew Martin International Design Review for excellence in interior design. Some exciting current projects are a full gut renovation on Central Park West, a Georgian estate in New Canaan, Connecticut, and a Greenwich, Connecticut, colonial.

Christina Roughan

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B E A U T Y. ELEGANCE. STRENGTH. Our Aluminum Doors Will Surprise You. Ed’s Garage Doors offers a broad selection of aluminum doors that are the perfect complement to your home. Visit our showroom to see many exclusive aluminum doors on display, and talk with a design experts about our countless in-stock and custom options.

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Connecticut Design Considered From Every Angle





Chic Seat

In a world where life seems to unfold around the kitchen island, selecting a counter stool that makes a style statement is more important than ever. Here are some favorite pieces for sitting pretty.


1. Loop, Bungalow 5, Dovecote  | Westport, (203) 222-7500

2. Architect’s Stool, Studio Dunn, Axel Interiors | Norwalk, 3. Emma, Julian Chichester, Wakefield Design Center | Stamford, 4. Reva, Interlude Home | Lillian August, Norwalk and Danbury, 5. Masters Barstool, Designed by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell, Design Within Reach | Westport and Stamford, 6. Pratt, Palecek, DesignSourceCT  | Hartford,

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At Home with Dogs and their Designers By Susanna Salk A house, no matter how beautifully appointed, doesn’t become a home until it’s inhabited. The twenty-one designers featured in this charming book would go a step further, insisting that it takes a dog (even better, multiple dogs) to give a house its soul. Stacy Bewkes’s photos—of Sharon designer Carolyne Roehm being lovingly set upon by her six pooches, of Robert Couturier’s quartet of pups lounging on a Louis XVI daybed in his Kent home, of Schuyler Samperton serenading Tricky, her sheepdog-terrier mix, in their Maine cottage—celebrate puppy love. The designers’ own words make it clear that chic interiors and dog ownership go paw in hand very nicely. Each home reflects its owner’s style, but they all have one thing in common: no space is off limits to canine members of the family. This book, which includes a guide to animal adoption and rescue organizations, offers both design inspiration and major “Aww” factor. | $35, Rizzoli,


Designing A Vision By Janice Parker Greenwich-based landscape architect Janice Parker works with many of the leading architects, interior designers, and builders in Connecticut and New York. Her garden designs are strikingly beautiful, yet much of their strength lies in the fact that they are perfectly attuned to the houses they surround and the families who live in those homes. Show-stopping as they may be, they do not insist on being the show. Rather, Parker listens—to her clients, to the other professionals, and to

the land itself—and composes landscapes with grace, rhythm, and harmony. The gardens featured in her new book were created for houses contemporary and classic, on farmland, in the hills, and by the water. Different as they are, every property is a finely tuned visual symphony. Residential landscape design is, says Parker, “a subtle art.” It is clearly an art she has mastered, as the thirteen gorgeous projects showcased in this richly photographed book testify. | $59.95, The Images Publishing Group,


A Connecticut Christmas By Caryn B. Davis There’s nothing quite like a New England Christmas, is there? A red-bowed wreath looks so at home on the door of a colonial house, a snow-covered town green is just the place for a fir tree festooned with lights. Our part of the world seems tailormade for the season. This pretty book focuses specifically on Connecticut, with page after page of festive photographs of Christmas as it’s celebrated around the Nutmeg State. Historic houses such as Hartford’s Mark Twain House and Norwalk’s Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, whose halls are decked every December, are featured, and so are events like Mystic Seaport’s Lantern Light Tours and the Gingerbread Festival at Woods Memorial Library and Museum in South Windsor, making the 200-plus-page book part celebration and part guide to the season. Eric D. Lehman’s expressive essays and Caryn B. Davis’s photos come together to make A Connecticut Christmas a welcome reminder to slow down and enjoy this special time of the year. | $24.95, Globe Pequot,

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Five Questions

Advanced Home Audio’s Nicole and Bill Charney explain how homeowners can keep pace with the fast-changing world of home technology


Is home technology more than home security? Definitely. There are so many home technology features and options a homeowner can take advantage of, from integrated security systems to home entertainment systems to specialized features like automated whole-house lighting controls. These can be incorporated unobtrusively into a new or existing

home. Some of that has to do with wireless technology, but it also has to do with our ability to conceal the wiring we run. Incidentally, it is a common misconception that everything today is wireless, but that’s not the case. A lot of homes have some wiring in place, and that wiring can be reutilized, depending on the features we are including.

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Five Questions

Where do you begin on a typical home technology project? The first thing we look at is the homeowner’s existing network, which includes router and access points. This is the backbone—the heart, if you will—of every control and entertainment system. From there we can introduce features such as house-wide music, television and video streaming services, motorized shading, and more. People may have a basic wifi network, but the upgraded systems that we install are much more robust, reliable, and secure. We set up secure access points or antennas throughout the house, giving the entire family the coverage they want and creating a seamless wifi network. A dependable and secure network is as important to your home as reliable plumbing.


Technology is always ­evolving. How can a homeowner stay informed? Great question. That’s a common concern.

Technology, by its very nature, is always changing. That doesn’t mean a homeowner’s technology system is not going to work tomorrow, but it means it will need updating to stay current. We offer a service that helps clients keep abreast of changes to their equipment. Say a new streaming service becomes available and the client wants access to it. Or they might get a new iPhone and need help linking it to their home system. While some clients are involved and easily embrace technology, others may be apprehensive. We are available to supply the support that alleviates that stress.


What trends are you seeing in home technology? Technology-equipped outdoor living spaces are very popular, and we provide some key features for them, including outdoor wifi systems and weatherproof TV and video equipment. High-quality music systems, speakers, and other electronic products are designed to blend seamlessly with the landscaping. Media rooms have also evolved; thanks to design-friendly products, such as invisible speakers, screens that disappear at the touch of a

button, and furniture that converts from traditional to cinema style, technology need not detract from the decor of a room. Camera systems are popular, both for security but also to let homeowners, wherever they are, check on their homes.


You’ve said that you are excited about the changes you see in lighting technology? Lighting is key to design. All the design work and planning that goes into building a home or a new space can be ruined if the lighting is inadequate. With new single apps it is possible to press a button and set a lighting scene for your entire home instead of having to walk around and turn on scores of lights. Say you are ready to entertain. By pressing one button you can adjust your shades, bring up all your exterior, landscaping, and pool lighting, turn on your interior lighting to a pre-set level, and play music in several rooms. Each family member can create their own scene, and they don’t need a complicated programmer to do it; it’s as easy as saving a pre-set on the car stereo. | Advanced Home Audio, Shelton, (203) 922-0051,

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to benefit Gunn Memorial Library


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What Makes It Work

This Westport living room is the perfect spot to enjoy casually elegant seaside living, no matter what the season.







The overall palette of whites and sandy grays is subtly beachy, without hitting you over the head.


A mix of differently textured materials, such as hammered bronze and cerused oak for the coffee table, Belgian linen upholstery, and a sisal-and-wool rug, gives the room a rich, layered look.


Just a few dark accents—graphic ikat pillows, the Chinese-inspired chairs from Lucca Antiques, a collection of Moroccan leather ceremonial belts—really pop against the airy background.


Weathered-seeming accessories call to mind ancient Greece and Rome; barnacle-studded lamps from Bungalow look as if they were salvaged from a shipwreck beneath the Mediterranean.


A set of hammered-metal Moroccan votive lights, with accompanying tray, provides a dollop of shine.

Project Team

Sam Allen, Sam Allen Interiors | Westport, (203) 221-0647,

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New England Home and Wakefield Design Center invite you to:

To The Trade Only Market Day Thursday, November 2nd

Danielle Rollins

Presenting the latest trends in home furnishings, new product introductions, book signings, and more… 1:00– 1:45pm Danielle Rollins SOIRÉE Entertaining with Style Mixing a dash of glamour with an approachable flair, Danielle sets the standard for gracious living and stylish entertaining. Create memories with Danielle Rollins through her tips on entertaining, style and interior design.

Robert Passal

Book signing to follow 2:00 – 2:45 pm Robert Passal, Francine Gardner, Melissa Lindsay and Jill Saunders Diversification is key in growing your business: Why designers are now turning to retail Discover why designers are expanding their businesses by opening retail spaces with owners of local stores Putnam & Mason, Intérieurs, and PIMLICO. Stacy Kunstel, New England Home Magazine’s Home Editor, will guide the panelists through a discussion on how it has grown their interior design businesses and how the pros outweigh the cons. 3:00 – 3:45 pm Bunny Williams Lighting Tips for Residential Interiors Join Bunny Williams as she discusses successful reflective ceiling plans, decorative sconce placement, choosing the right size shade for your lamp and other lighting tips to create magical atmosphere in your home. Bunny Williams will highlight her new collection of lighting fixtures with Currey and Company. “Movie stars often have their own lighting consultants to make sure they always look their best. Your rooms deserve the same star treatment,” says Williams.

Francine Gardner

Melissa Lindsay

Jill Saunders

Book signing and reception to follow Designer Portfolio Review By appointment RSVP to: Bunny Williams Presented by:

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Design Life

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Summer Networking Event at Freddy’s Landscape Company

Networking Event








Freddy’s Landscape Company partnered with Gault Stone and Advanced Home Audio to host New England Home Connecticut’s summer networking event. Guests gathered for a spirited evening on the patio at Freddy’s Landscape Company in Fairfield.







| 1. The party in full swing | 2. Bill Charney of Advanced Home Audio and Sam Gault of Gault Family Companies with Bruno Miraballes and Freddy Miraballes of Freddy’s Landscape Company | 3. Christine Hiltz and Jan Hiltz of Jan Hiltz Interiors | 4. Diamond Banner, Karen Rankine, Ryan Coyle, and Angela Legg of Tile America | 5. Jim Fenton, Bill Cribari, and Bryan Williamson of Gault Stone & Landscape Supplies, Meredith Donaher of Gault Family Companies, Andy Dehler of Gault Energy & Home Solutions, and Clay Bassett of Gault Family Companies | 6. Nicole, Bill, and Niko Charney of Advanced Home Audio | 7. Kristen Sullivan of Gatehouse Partners, New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner, Randy Sullivan of Gatehouse Partners, and New England Home’s Tess Woods | 8. Chris Shea of Domus Constructors, Patricia Miller of Patricia M. Miller Residential Design, and Tony Aitoro of Aitoro | 9. Nicole Miraballes of Freddy’s Landscape Company with Karen Bradbury of Closet & Storage Concepts | 10. Christopher Pagliaro of Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects and New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso  | 11. Larry Komisar of Litchfield Hills Kitchen & Bath with Gina Romanello of Innerspace Electronics and Jeff Kaufman of JMKA Architects | 12. Christopher and Jessica Quinn of Ben Krupinski Builder

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Design Life The Katz Roadshow at Ridgefield Supply

Ridgefield Supply Company hosted a unique hands-on AIA Better Building Clinic from the Katz Roadshow—an award-winning construction education program. The all-day event featured presentations by Gary Katz and Mike Sloggatt, carpentry specialists and nationally recognized authors and teachers.

| 1. Mike Sloggatt and 1 Gary Katz | 2. Mike Sloggatt, Gary Katz, and Margaret Price | 3. John Mastera and New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso | 4. Amy Lindeman and Carl Navarro  | 5. Attendees and exhibitors met and shared ideas

HBRA 2017 Golf Classic | 1. Jennifer Murphy, Rebecca St. Germain, and Lora Mazurak | 2. Steve Rowland, Matt Giardina, Joe Tanguay, and Kevin McAlary | 3. Welcome to the club | 4. Eric Maar, Rich Cunningham, and Chris Halata | 5. Ed Mailhot, Chris Polidoro, Cody­ ­Nizzardo, and Joe Mish








Guests mixed business with pleasure at Connecticut Stone’s Wine with Stone event, sipping fine vintages as Tyra Dellacroce, vice president of sales and marketing, led a presentation on the use of marble in the kitchen. The event included a tour of the company’s Stamford location. 1

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It was a sold-out event with more than 140 golfers enjoying the Tashua Knolls Golf Club in Trumbull. Members of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association and their guests attended the post-tournament cocktail hour and awards dinner with the opportunity to win a wide variety of raffle prizes.

Wine with Stone | 1. The Connecticut Stone team  | 2. New England Home’s Debra Judge Silber, Tyra Dellacroce, Elizabeth Locke, and Elizabeth Young | 3. Diane Hayden | 4. Daniel and Tegan Conlon | 5. Sylvia Erskine, Brook Clark, and Nancy King






The Katz Roadshow and Wine with Stone photos by David Sloane. HBRA 2017 Golf Classic photos by Sandro de Carvalho.

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Trade Notes


By Paula M. Bodah


1 1) Several Connecticut architects have a presence in The Classical American House. 2) Holly Hunt Off the Floor opens in the Stamford Waterside Design District. 3) Diane James celebrates twenty years of crafting beautiful faux florals. 4) Elevator Service Company’s pneumatic vacuum elevators are a growing trend for homes.


Mark your calendar—in pen—for the must-do event of the season. The Taste & Tour of Greenwich Design District happens on October 18, and people who love design won’t want to miss it. The tour takes in a dozen of the area’s high-end businesses that focus on all things wonderful for the home. Local artists will show their work, a selection of refreshments will keep you fortified, and there are chances to win beautiful prizes. For more information, see the Calendar, page 110.  I Greenwich,


Douglas VanderHorn celebrates three decades as an architect in Greenwich by setting up shop in a new office that also serves as a perfect example of the quality of his firm’s work. The new home for Douglas VanderHorn Architects is a circa-1928 Shingle-style beauty on Elm Street, in the heart of town. VanderHorn renovated the 4,400-square-foot house from top to bottom, keeping its classic details while introducing all the latest cutting-edge technology.  I Greenwich,


Connecticut’s architects are well represented in The Classical American House, a new book from Images Publishing. For starters, the insightful introduction was written by Greenwich architect Phillip James Dodd, who has a well-deserved reputation as an expert on classical architecture and interiors. And among its 424 pages of beautiful photos are homes by Hamady Architects and Charles Hilton Architects, both of Greenwich.  I


Designer Sarah Weiland has made a long-held dream come true with the opening of her new retail boutique. Tusk Home + Design, on Post Road in Westport, occupies the storefront vacated by


Parc Monceau, and offers more than 4,000 square feet of home furnishings. The space also houses her full-service residential design business. Former Parc Monceau owner Tracy Dwyer has joined Weiland as a designer.  I Westport,


Keep your eyes peeled in late October for the opening of a new Holly Hunt showroom in the Stamford Waterside Design District. The new space, Holly Hunt Off the Floor, will feature samples from all of Holly Hunt’s showrooms nationwide. Look for furniture, lighting, rugs, accessories, and more, all available to the public.  I Stamford,


The faux floral arrangements from Diane James Home look so real you’d swear they’re fragrant as well as pretty. This year the company celebrates twenty years of crafting its handmade beauties. With James’s daughters, Cynthia and Carolyn, joining their mother in the business as co-CEOs, it seems the family business is assured of continued success.  I Norwalk,


Back in 1917, David Stein began selling plumbing supplies from his Waterbury garage. A century later, Torrco is still in Waterbury and still going strong, with the fourth generation of Stein’s family at the helm. Nowadays, Torrco has six showrooms and twelve trade branches throughout Connecticut, eastern New York, and western Massachusetts.  I Waterbury,,


Elevator Service Company has been in the business since the days when operators ferried customers up and down in our favorite department stores. Home elevators are becoming increasingly popular (credit the aging-in-place movement), and several New England states have recently approved the latest technology—pneumatic vacuum elevators—for residential use. As the company nears seven decades since its founding, it finds itself at the forefront of the trend, outfitting homes in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.  I Torrington,

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1 1) The annual New England Design Hall of Fame awards, hosted by New England Home, at the State Room in Boston. 2) The Philip Johnson Glass House is especially beautiful this time of year. 3) A Father’s Love, by Steve Hazlett, is just one of the unique pieces from artisans nationwide featured at the American Artisan Show in Wilton.



The Glass House Tours Through November 30 Fall is the perfect time to visit the architecturally significant Philip Johnson Glass House and its surrounding landscape. Visitors may also tour several buildings on the property, including art and sculpture galleries. I Thursdays–Sundays, New Canaan, (203) 594-9884, Washington Connecticut Antiques Show October 6–8 This highly respected antiques show, now in its 31st year, is the primary fundraiser for Gunn Memorial Library & Museum. The event launches with the traditional Preview Night cocktail party on Friday, October 6, offering the opportunity for advance buying. On Saturday evening there will be a casual Tapas Fiesta featuring Latin music, cocktails, and small bites. I Free admission to the antique show. Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Washington Primary School, Washington, (860) 868-7586, Tomorrow’s History October 13 The first annual gala to benefit Westport Historical Society celebrates the town of Westport’s history with an eye toward the future. There will be food, live music, and a silent auction, all held in the modern furniture showroom of Design Within Reach. I 6 p.m.– 10 p.m., $125, (203) 222-1424, Taste & Tour of the Greenwich Design District October 14 Join the Greenwich Design District for its inaugural Taste & Tour event. Explore the businesses of the Greenwich Design District and discover the latest in interior design. New launches, exclusive products, books signings, and giveaways will be highlighted at each location. I 4 p.m.–8 p.m., (203) 966-8203,

Set to Celebrate November 2–4 This annual event sponsored by the Connecticut Valley Garden Club features more than 30 beautiful tablescapes designed by businesses, organizations, and individuals. Visitors can be inspired by the beautiful table settings then purchase items for their own homes at the on-site boutique or the popular tabletop tag sale selling donated items. Proceeds from the event support the Heritage Rose Garden at Elizabeth Park. The event kicks off with a gala on November 2, and is open for viewing on November 3 and 4. I Gala 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m., $125; regular admission 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The Town and County Club, Hartford, ­ American Artisan Show in Wilton November 3–5 This nationally recognized show is held on the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society, and draws artisans from across the country. Unique handmade rugs, furniture, textiles, baskets, and more will be on display. I Preview party Friday, 6 p.m.–9 p.m., $100; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $10. Reservations required for preview party. Wilton Historical Society, Wilton, (203) 762-7257, CraftWestport November 4–5 For 42 years, this fine crafts show has been considered one of the best in the country. The weekend-long event features more than 175 craftspeople. Enjoy this Fairfield County tradition and get a head start on your holiday shopping. The event is sponsored by the Westport Young Women’s League, and all proceeds are given to local charity organizations. I Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $10 for adults, $9 for seniors. Westport, Staples High School, (845) 331-7900, The New England Design Hall of Fame Awards November 9 This annual gala, hosted by New England Home, honors residential architects, interior designers, and landscape architects across New England whose work, influence, and community involvement set them at the pinnacle of their profession. Attendees at this invari-

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Calendar ably sold-out event enjoy stellar views of Boston, signature cocktails, fine cuisine, and plenty of partying with industry insiders. I 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7:45 p.m. dinner and awards. The State Room, Boston. Call (617) 938-3991, ext. 713, to order tickets, or purchase them online at Deck the Walls November 10–January 5, 2018 Forget the mall and give the gift of art. The Lyme Art Association’s annual holiday show and sale features the works of more than 200 artists. The show includes a wide range of types and sizes of artwork specially designed for holiday gift-giving. I Lyme, (860) 434-7802, ­ Rooms with a View November 10–12 Local in spirit but nationally renowned, the annual Rooms with a View was the innovation of legendary designer Albert Hadley. Twelve interior designers display their creativity through small room vignettes. The festivities launch with a gala on Friday, November 10, with other events held throughout the weekend. I Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, noon–5 p.m., $25. Southport Congregational Church, Southport, (203) 255-4538, 25th Annual HOBI Awards November 15 The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut’s HOBI Awards celebrate the best in residential and commercial construction, remodeling, and more. The event kicks off with a cocktail hour followed by a presentation of winning entries and dinner. I 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, Small Works Show at AXEL Interiors November 18–January 12, 2018 Twelve local artists create small works perfect for holiday gift giving. All the art will be approximately 10" ≈ 10" or 100 square inches, and will be priced at $300.  I (203) 299-3155,

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Indulging the Senses

This medley of engaging textures has a lesson to impart: design is meant for the body as well as the mind.

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Ageless Beauty

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Looking every bit like an authentic farmhouse of bygone days, a circa-2008 home in Fairfield County offers the best of worlds both old and new.

Homeowner and designer Nancy Monahan began with a calm palette of pale gray. Here in the great room, splashes of orange add a lively touch. FACING PAGE: Orange and gray mingle again in the airy, double-height entry hall, where a painting by Stamford artist Arthur Vitello III and a zinc-topped console make a welcoming vignette.

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Project Team Interior design: Nancy Monahan, Greystone Statement Interiors Builder: Tomasz Czaja, T&R Construction Garden design: Angelo Maldonado, Maldonado Landscapes

ABOVE: In the great room, “the size of the art balances the size of the windows,” Monahan explains. RIGHT: The library’s cherry woodwork was painted to lighten things up; velvet-covered club chairs invite lingering. FACING PAGE: Cosmetic changes, such as the addition of a panel to make a doorway look taller and a shiplap wall alongside the hearth, bring new life to the great room.

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It’s a classic happy-ending story. Nancy Monahan lived just a mile down the road from this pretty farmhouse. She drove by almost every day, wishing it could be hers. When a for-sale sign suddenly popped up on the home’s sun-dappled lawn, she wasted no time in recruiting her husband to take a look. Fairfield County, and in particular this posh neighborhood, is loaded with antique houses—many with historic markers highlighting their pedigrees. Much to the couple’s surprise, however, the farmhouse turned out to have been built in 2008. “We had assumed it was old. But we saw it as the best of both worlds,” Monahan says. “The charm was there, but the systems were all new.”

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Left: An abstract work by New Haven– based artist Tracie Cheng lends a contemporary note to the dining room’s traditional fireplace. In the same vein, Laura Kirar pendants of distressed mercury glass and chainmail sparkle above the straightforward weathered plank table. “The lights are my favorite,” Monahan says. “I wanted something organic and unusual.” Below: The mostly white kitchen is enriched by the graphite gray of the backsplash tile and counter stools. Casual dinners are often staged at the custom table from Parc Home.

“Gray is so flexible. Rather than make its own statement, gray allows a room’s other elements to speak,” says Nancy Monahan. •

Less than a week later, the bucolic property— bright red barn included—was theirs. Monahan, who with her daughter, Sara, launched her own booming design firm several years ago, has also long been involved in pharmaceutical sales. Her two successful careers let her exercise both the analytical and creative sides of her brain. The farmhouse provided an opportunity to fire up the latter and let her imagination soar. The existing rooms were dark and way too fussy for Monahan, who favors a casual approach that better fits the twenty-first century. Her decision to do away with a traditional living room is a perfect example. “We had a living room in our last house, and we never used it,” the designer explains. Instead, the

revamped kitchen with adjoining great room is the heart of the house and the hub for entertaining. Monahan swapped out the existing French doors for simplified models with fewer panes, reworked the fireplace mantel for a more rustic look, and repainted the cabinetry. Out went a large pot rack that blocked the sight line from the front door through the kitchen window to the barn, and in came a slew of comfortable furniture. An iron-legged table with a weathered wood top provides an ideal destination for breakfast or dinner. And a custom sectional with a versatile ottoman allows any number of people to perch by the hearth. To ensure the mood remains relaxed and serene, Monahan chose a palette of soft grays with bits of color scattered here and there. “Gray is so flexible,” Fall 2017 | New England Home Connecticut  125

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CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: The two-story barn makes an ideal party spot; inside, it is furnished with comfortable couches and crystal chandeliers that once graced the home’s dining room. Stately ferns on the porch and a ribbon of hydrangeas just below help create an old-time country look. Angelo Maldonado’s landscape plan turned the once-overgrown stone wall back into an eye-catching feature. Homeowner and designer Nancy Monahan.

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she says. “Rather than make its own statement, gray allows a room’s other elements to speak.” In the kitchen/great room, that translates to a contemporary rug in an appealing pattern chock full of movement, a straightforward glass-topped coffee table selected for its airy demeanor, and striking art from Lillian August. Since the one-acre property is private, window treatments appear only in the bedrooms. Elsewhere, the tall windows stand unadorned so the mature trees spied through the glass become, as Monahan explains, “part of the decor.” Vetoing a stuffy living room is one thing, but losing a dedicated dining room would have been a different story, especially come the holidays. The existing red walls and bright white trim, though, didn’t fit with Monahan’s fresh and more modern tempo. Taking the setting from cozy to sophisticated, she clad the walls in a metallic grasscloth by Phillip Jeffries and covered the floor with a sisal rug that adds texture. The plank table and straight-backed chairs— newly slipcovered in linen—hail from the family’s previous home. Mercury-glass pendants dressed in chainmail replace yesterday’s crystal chandeliers. At night, the twin fixtures glow like stars. But if the dining room is all about gathering together, the refurbished library is where people head to read their novels or watch a movie. Velvet armchairs with snowy piping exude comfort. In its former life, the book-filled space was a somber, cherry-paneled study. “We painted the walls, shelves, and coffered ceiling to lighten it up,” says Monahan.

Although she frequently uses the library for work, Monahan has also devised a mini-office on the second floor. “I like that the spot is open to the downstairs and I can hear what’s going on,” she says. A lean desk on X-legs affords just the right amount of parking space for necessary accoutrements. On their frequent visits, the couple’s two grown daughters claim bedrooms on this level as well. “Given a choice of rooms, they both ask for the one with a view of the barn,” Monahan says. Still, as appealing as those vistas are, this favorite room also entices with a heavenly bed upholstered in a hue

“We took out a lot of plants that had lost their shape and replaced them with ones that would provide more interest,” says Angelo Maldonado. •

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LEFT: Three-drawer side tables from Bungalow 5 flank the master bedroom’s cozy upholstered bed. BELOW: Photos printed on Lucite add interest to the guest room. FACING PAGE: A glass lamp and an upholstered seat with nailhead trim is all Monahan’s simplified work area requires.

reminiscent of spring-blooming iris. Drexel Heritage mirrored nightstands lend some girly glamour. The parents have their own sanctuary on the first floor. Inspired by a Kelly Wearstler showhouse design, Monahan beefed up the room’s character by adding an appealing arrangement of wood trim to the wall behind the bed. Gray flannel curtains frame doors to the patio. Weather permitting, Monahan and her husband, Chris, drift outside in the morning to watch the birds at the feeders and admire the flowers. As she did with the interiors, Monahan—with help from garden designer Angelo Maldonado— edited the grounds. “We took out a lot of plants that had lost their shape and replaced them with ones that would provide more interest,” says Maldonado. A once-busy bed at the base of the front porch now contains a blend of crisp boxwood and blue hydrangea. The last speaks to the color of the welcoming front door. Perennials mingle along the stone path to the barn. And rising amid the heady blooms are three arbors patinated with lichen. “They were here when we arrived, and they’re getting ever more fragile. But, I love how weathered they look,” says Monahan. Of course, passersby meandering down the road never guess at the contemporary air that’s recently wafted through the farmhouse. And that’s just how the Monahans want to keep it. After all, it was the old-time vibe that drew them in. Monahan’s skillful alterations have made the house more functional and stylish but—to everyone’s great joy—preserved the age-defying magic.  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 150. Fall 2017 | New England Home Connecticut  129

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On the Cutting Edge

Text by Bob Curley / Photography by John Gruen / Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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The house, constructed by builder Seth Churchill, is clad in stucco and grounded with fieldstone to give it the sense of nestling into its sloping pond-side site. Architect Janet Jarvis’s design is clean and contemporary, with a nod to the New England vernacular.

A home overlooking a Litchfield County pond blends the rustic with the contemporary in a design as solid as the granite ledge upon which it perches.

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An oversize glass door lets lots of light into the foyer, where a deer statue stands as a reminder of the homeowners’ intent to blend the outdoor environment with the indoors. FACING PAGE: An antique chest and mirror provide a sense of permanence in the foyer and make the perfect platform for seasonal decor.

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hen someone wants a waterfront house badly enough, not even New England bedrock can stand in the way. ¶ Before they could even start building, the owners of the aptly named Laurel Ledge, which overlooks a pristine pond in Kent, had to cut a half-mile road through their wooded property to reach the waterfront. ¶ There, the vision of a Fall 2017 | New England Home Connecticut  133

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private compound—complete with main and guest houses, swimming pool, soccer field, boat house and dock, and a barn-like field house containing indoor tennis/basketball courts—began to take shape as excavators blasted away at a granite ledge to secure the home’s lofty perch peering over the pond. Three years and millions of dollars of site work and construction later, the house was completed in harmony with its peaceful surroundings, clad in sedate stucco and fieldstone, heated by a complex geothermal system, and with an interior by Boston designer Polly Lewis that reflects the color palette of New England. Located at an old campsite on one of the most unspoiled bodies of water in Connecticut, the home has a “modern lake” aesthetic, in the words of Idaho-based architect Janet Jarvis of The Jarvis Group. Project Team Stonework details and Craftsman-inspired open beams under Architecture: Janet Jarvis, The Jarvis Group the eaves add character to the Interior design: Polly Lewis, Lewis Interiors clean, contemporary lines of the Builder: Seth Churchill, Churchill Building Company home, which steps down toward Landscape design: Rick Worcester, Worcester + Worcester Landscape Architects the waterfront in three tiers of living space.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The colors of autumn suffuse the living room, from the Holly Hunt chairs and sofa to the A. Rudin armchairs and wall art. Open ceiling beams and a leather-clad ottoman add a hint of rich rusticity. A limestone Chesneys Marseilles mantel evokes eighteenthcentury French Provincial design; the roman shades can be dropped to create intimacy around a merry fire. Clever furniture arrangements create this cozy nook that overlooks the water.

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he owners like a comfortable and clean environment,” says Polly Lewis. “They wanted the design to capture every view, but not be precious.” Fall 2017 | New England Home Connecticut  135

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Pretty things come in threes in the custom kitchen, where a trio of A. Rudin high-backed stools in faux leather line a concrete-topped counter lit by bronze pendant lights. FACING PAGE: Bathed in light from both natural and manmade sources, the dining room centers on a rough-hewn table from Mecox Gardens softened by an octet of Holly Hunt chairs in Dedar fabric.

“We wanted something that nestled into all the granite outcroppings as much as possible, and would not be too prominent a house on the lakeshore,” says Jarvis, who also designed the owners’ Sun Valley home. The Connecticut house “is very un-Western and different,” she says. “We wanted it to be in a New England vernacular.” Laurel Ledge is more than a vacation home. The owners spend most weekends here with their teenage sons, much of the time outdoors. “They live in New York City and have a very busy life, so this is a great getaway,” Lewis says. The sports-minded kids, of highschool and college age, spend time practicing serves and shooting hoops in the field house (which has retractable hoops that convert the tennis court into a basketball court) or working on foot skills on the outdoor soccer field. Mom and Dad, meanwhile, can lounge by the pool and hot tub, or take a boat out on the lake. In many ways, the property is still a camp, albeit a meticulously designed and extremely private one. A geometrically patterned rug greets visitors at the entry of the house, but otherwise the fabrics, window treatments, and floor coverings favor solid colors: beige, leather-lined Stark carpets over oak floors, monochromatic chairs, and kitchen countertops stained dark brown. “The owners like a comfortable and clean environment,” says Lewis. “They wanted the design to capture every view, but not be precious.” Walls free of molding, plain-fronted cabinetry, and accent fabrics in bold red, orange, and green help bridge the gap between the unfussy contemporary furnishings favored by the husband and the wife’s collection of rare antiques, positioned strategically but sparingly around the home. “They are very much fall colors,” Lewis says, noting: “The owners go away in the summer, so this is more of a fall, winter, and spring house.” The decor creates a seamless transition between the home’s ample outdoor spaces, including wraparound decks secured with open steel railings, and

the sunlight-flooded interior, with rooms that bask in pond views from walls of windows, some sliding open to reveal screens for letting the breezes in on sunny days. Rustic elements also find their way into the


he owners very much wanted it to be a legacy, a generational gathering place for their families from New York and Boston,” says Janet Jarvis. Fall 2017 | New England Home Connecticut  137

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RIGHT: A custom headboard in gold fabric by Pierre Frey plays well with the yellow and purple bedclothes. BELOW: The master suite’s yellow curtains and George Smith chairs match the headboard as well as the fall colors outside. The throws and ottoman are in shades of client-pleasing purple. FACING PAGE: A spacious deck flows easily from the dining room and living room, offering ample dining and gathering space of its own, with JANUS et Cie chairs surrounding a Gloster Halifax teak extending table.

house, such as a heavy, rough-hewn dining-room table surrounded by more contemporary Holly Hunt chairs and lit by an open-frame iron Gregorius | Pineo chandelier. Substitute teak for the table and rattan for the chairs, and you have the outdoor furniture just steps away on the deck. The chairs, part of the Amalfi collection by JANUS et Cie, wear cushions striped with autumnal colors of orange, beige, and brown. Tall twin doorways, designed as much to let in sunlight as for access and egress, connect the dining room to the kitchen, where high-backed stools outfitted in green faux leather face skinny concrete counters (not at all fragile, assures Lewis) overhung with pendant lights. “It’s a little more modern influenced,” says

Lewis, but Belgian tile floors and natural stone backsplashes keep the kitchen warm and inviting. The limestone fireplace and open beams in the living room—the latter sourced from a tree that was removed from the property during construction—also speak to rustic elegance. While the Holly Hunt chairs and ottoman are arranged to absorb the warmth of the fire, two green chenille-upholstered armchairs face the windows overlooking the pond, giving the sense of an enclosed patio and making a favored spot for curling up with a book. The windows here recess into the wall at the push of a button to create a de facto screen room. “The room was so big, and we had to work around the fireplace,” Lewis says. “We had extra space, so we designed that area to capture the views again.” The children’s bedrooms are downstairs from the main living spaces, while the master bedroom and bath are upstairs, so the house offers plenty of privacy for everyone (a guest room occupies a space over the garage). With a winged, gold-fabric headboard by Marlborough, Massachusetts-based upholsterer Dan Connors, the bed in the master is draped in shades of purple favored by the couple, but the muted colors bespeak Tuscany more than royalty. The pond-side home was built for the long haul, with a design as rock solid as the ledge it sits on. “The owners very much wanted it to be a legacy, a generational gathering place for their families from New York and Boston,” says Jarvis. “The kids were in grade school when we started; now they are in high school and college. It will be interesting to see how the home evolves over time.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 150.

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Reading as several interconnected structures, the house rests behind a stone wall that separates two meadows on the property, once part of a working farm. Hidden from sight is a 20-kilowatt solar array that produces much of the home’s electricity.

Simple, clean, and decidedly modern, a Newtown home nevertheless pays homage to the farming history of its fourteen-acre site.

of the Past

Text by Debra Judge Silber  Photography by Michael Partenio Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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Project Team Architecture: Daniel Conlon, Daniel Conlon Architects Interior design: Amy Aidinis Hirsch, Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design Builder: Mark Olson, Olson Development Landscape and pool design: The LaurelRock Company

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Reclaimed beams provide visual structure throughout the great room, but wood cladding was confined to one wall, so as not to appear overwhelming. With reclaimed barnwood treads, a steel carriage, and cable railings, the great room staircase captures the home’s integration of old and new. At the front entrance, a slab of deconstructed wallpaper introduces color and texture in a contemporary surface that recalls an older material.

We love farmhouses for the connections they remind us of. Connections to the land. To nature. To a simpler life. Here in New England, connectivity is expressed outright in our rural architecture, in the familiar form taken by rustic homesteads: a house attached to a shed attached to a barn. Simple forms linked together that create an archetype. Fall 2017 | New England Home Connecticut  143

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“The soul of the whole thing is this concept of simple, connected forms,” Georgetown architect Daniel Conlon says of the formula he used to design what he describes as “a modernist interpretation of a traditional farmhouse.” The result is a timeless building in which hallmarks of farmhouse style—sloped metal roofs, vertical siding, and covered porches—create such a familiar context that unexpected modern elements—an industrial catwalk, a glass curtain wall—seem to belong. This marriage of vintage and contemporary was exactly what Conlon’s clients, Sian and Robert, were seeking in the new house they planned to build on fourteen acres in Newtown. Robert, a retired businessman with a longtime interest in architecture, was particularly engaged in assembling the couple’s wish list and sharing those aspirations with Conlon, designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch, and builder Mark Olson.

ABOVE: The kitchen’s shiplap walls, wooden shelves, and traditional-style lighting preserve a sense of rusticity that is playfully challenged by the island’s waterfall edge and contemporary faucet. RIGHT: Oversize drawer pulls match the assertiveness of the black window frames. FACING PAGE: With a zinc base and an antique elm door for a top, the dining table fits right into the materials palette; a pass-through connects to the kitchen. Fall 2017 | New England Home Connecticut  145

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The new house, set on what was once a centuriesold farm, as well as the lifestyle it engendered, would be a marked departure from the family’s previous life in heavily wooded Weston. “Both of us wanted something more open, more of a farm,” says Robert. “We wanted to do things ourselves. We wanted to get in touch with working the land.” As empty nesters, the couple discovered they enjoyed tackling projects together, and Sian, especially, has found her calling in managing the flora and fauna—which now includes four goats and more than a dozen chickens—that surrounds their new home. As for the house, “We wanted something very open, very high quality, but not over-complicated,” says Robert. “We came from a house that was trim over trim over trim.” Conlon responded with a clean, simple design using repetitive forms and common materials applied in thoughtful ways. The sharp angles of the three dormers on the main house perch between the taller, front-facing gables of a garage extension on one side and a master bedroom wing on the other. Corrugated siding on the smaller structures suggests a utilitarian role, but its horizontal orientation introduces a

modern edge, as does the twenty-first-century glass curtain wall on the passageway that connects the bedroom wing to the main house. Colors that evoke rural imagery are applied in a way that distinguishes the parts at the same time it unifies them: the sheepwhite of the main house is picked up in the trim of the rooster-red garage, which reappears in the window trim of the plow-gray bedroom wing. Standingseam metal roofing ties it all together. The house has become one of Conlon’s favorite projects. “I think the appeal comes from stripping down the decoration and letting the volume and concept be the building, rather than making a box and piling trim on it until it looks like something,” he says. “It’s not less detail, but less fussy detail.” For Hirsch, these elemental details demanded an equally thoughtful, well-edited interior. “The corrugated metal or aluminum windows in themselves are beautiful elements,” she says. “You have to pay attention so you don’t take away from that.” In a complementary move, she engaged materials as design elements in several areas, including the first-floor bathroom, where she employed the home’s exterior corrugated siding to line a shower

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“I think the appeal comes from stripping down the decoration and letting the volume and concept be the building,” says Daniel Conlon. In the mudroom and back stairway, shiplap paneling and cable rails carry over themes from the rest of the house. FACING PAGE, LEFT: The master bath’s porcelain tile wall mimics the barnwood of the great room, while flecks of glass in the floor introduce a modern graphic element. FACING PAGE, RIGHT: A dresser with tramp art detailing stands out in the simply furnished master bedroom.

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Hirsch used the exterior corrugated siding to line a shower stall. “That’s the beauty of having such a harmonious interior and exterior.”

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The same corrugated metal used on the outside of the house lines the shower in a bathroom near the mudroom; the shower fixture, too, is exterior-grade. The low, vintagestyle sink from Kohler is well suited to utilitarian tasks. FACING PAGE: A covered walkway links the house to a second garage while also serving as a gateway to the pool.

stall. Other than installing it vertically rather that horizontally, “there was no need to change it,” Hirsch says. “That’s the beauty of having such a harmonious interior and exterior.” That harmony is particularly evident inside the home’s two-story great room, where, just inside the front door, an open staircase comprising a steel carriage, reclaimed-wood treads, and cable railings twists up to an open bridge that spans the room above the front door. Beyond the shelter of the bridge, the great room expands upward, with reclaimed barn beams, exposed conduits, and industrialinspired lighting suggesting that this comfortable space may have originated as a working barn. On the back wall, clerestory windows and French doors open to a south-facing back porch, filtering light into the room. To the right of the staircase, a hallway, its front wall made of glass, leads to a guest suite that includes a bedroom, sitting room, and bath. Above, the master suite, including a bathroom and generous walk-in closet, fills the second floor. A laundry room and two more bedroom suites reside on the other end of the bridge. Below these, on the first floor, Conlon located the more hardworking spaces: a home office, mudroom, powder room, and dog-wash station (beyond the goats and chickens, the presence of two dogs and two cats put pet-friendliness high on Sian’s wish list). Rustic beams introduced in the great room extend toward the kitchen, creating a low ceiling that defines the dining area. A wall of cabinets with a passthrough in the center—one of Robert’s must-haves— both separates and links the two spaces. From a variety of materials under consideration for the kitchen, Hirsch selected a painted ceiling of character-grade oak, ten-inch poplar shiplap on the walls, and white Macaubas quartzite countertops. The gray-blue Shaker-style cabinets have inset doors

and simple black pulls that coordinate with the aluminum windows and the metal straps on open shelves that flank the farmhouse sink. While confining the kitchen palette to these mostly traditional materials, Hirsch offset its rusticity with a modern twist—a waterfall countertop on the island made of the same quartzite used on the perimeter. The designer’s selection of materials that are at once contextual and creative is also apparent in the entry, where a bright slab of deconstructed wallpaper appears to be slowly wearing away. “It’s modern, yet it looks like it’s falling apart a little bit, like it’s been there for some time,” she says. Though Hirsch chose the Petta Thompson paper for its color and texture, it, too, offers its own reminder that the present and the past can connect in unexpected ways, and that the result can be memorable.  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 150. Fall 2017 | New England Home Connecticut  149

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A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes

SPECIAL SPACES: REKINDLED LOVE PAGES 34–39 Interior design: Mindy Schwarz, House

Warriors, Westport, (203) 247-3974, Pages 34–35: Sofa slipcovers by Window Fashions by Maggie, Trumbull, (203) 395-2921; Bengal tiger toss pillows by Artistic Upholstery & Fabric Showroom, artisticupholsteryand; lamps on shelves designed by Mindy Schwarz, fabricated by Cranberry Hill Lighting,; gray lounge chairs from West Elm,; “invisible” chairs from Ikea,; area rugs from Redi-Cut Carpets & Window Treatments, Page 38: Dining table marble slab from Luxury Stone Company,


Interior design: Nancy Monahan, Greystone Statement Interiors, Fairfield, (203) 913-1420, Builder: Tomasz Czaja, T&R Construction, Stratford, (203) 520-3383 Landscape design: Angelo Maldonado, ­Maldonado Landscapes, Bridgeport, (203) 767-6082 Page 120: Custom table and Belgian lamps from Parc Home,; art by Arthur Vitello III, Pages 121–122: Custom sectional from Parc Home; table lamps from Visual Comfort,; club chairs from Crate & Barrel,; area rugs from Westport Carpet & Rug, Westport, (203) 254-1030; club chairs in library from Inside Living Style, Trumbull, (203) 301-4939; area rug from Westport Carpet & Rug; glass

lamps from Restoration Hardware, Page 123: Round table from Parc Home; rug from Westport Carpet & Rug; ceiling light from Kichler, Page 124: Grasscloth wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries,; rug from Westport Carpet & Rug; weathered plank table from Lillian August,; dining chairs from Inside Living Style; chainmail pendants and sconces from Arteriors,; painting at hearth by Tracie Cheng, Page 125: Island stools from CB2,; sconces at window seat from Arteriors. Page 128: Rug from Crate & Barrel; desk lamp from Juliska, Page 129: Master bedroom side tables from Bungalow 5,; upholstered bed from Crate & Barrel; linens from Restoration Hardware; guest room mirrored night stand from Drexel Heritage,


Architecture: Janet Jarvis, The Jarvis Group,

Ketchum, Ida., (208) 726-4031,

Interior design: Polly Lewis, Lewis Interiors,

Boston, (857) 362-7310, Builder: Seth Churchill, Churchill Building Company, Lakeville, (860) 596-4063, Landscape design: Rick Worcester, Worcester + Worcester Landscape Architects, Old Lyme, (860) 227-1143 Pages 132–133: Kepler hanging lantern by Gregorius|Pineo,; Giza collection rug from Stark,; velvet ottoman fabric from Holly Hunt, ­

Pages 134–135: Sofa and lounge chairs from

Holly Hunt; Galet ottoman from Christian Liaigre,; custom side tables by St. John’s Bridge,; lamps from Boyd Lighting,; carpet from Stark; limestone fireplace from Chesney’s,; artwork over mantel by Marilyn Fiala,; roman shades by Decorators Workroom, Methuen, Mass., (978) 852-5111, with Clarence House fabric,; green chairs from A. Rudin,, with Clarence House chenille fabric. Page 136: Dining table from Mecox,; chairs from Holly Hunt, with fabric by Dedar,; rug from Stark; Vassaro chandelier from Gregorius|Pineo. Page 137: Counter stools from A. Rudin with faux leather by Rodolph,; cabinets by SieMatic,; backsplash tile from Ann Sacks,; floor tile from Paris Ceramics,; bronze pendants by Kevin Reilly for Holly Hunt; artwork by Marilyn Fiala. Page 138: Curtains fabricated by Decorators Workroom, with fabric from Hines,; headboard fabricated by Connors Design,, with fabric from Pierre Frey,; lounge chairs and ottoman by George Smith,, with fabric by Pierre Frey; toss pillow fabric by Donghia,; rug from Stark; floor lamp from ICON Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0655; nightstand from Mattaliano,; table lamp from Crate & Barrel. Page 139: Halifax dining table from Gloster,; Amalfi dining chairs and cushion fabric from JANUS et Cie,

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Architect: Daniel Conlon, Daniel Conlon

Architects, Georgetown, (203) 544-7988, Interior design: Amy Aidinis Hirsch, Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design, Greenwich (203) 661-1266, Builder: Mark Olson, Olson Development, Newtown, (203) 972-7722, Landscape and pool design: The LaurelRock Company, Wilton, (203) 544-0062, Page 142: Fur-covered chairs from Anthropologie,; bluestone-topped coffee tables from Crate & Barrel,; Franco sectional sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,; ottoman from Lillian August,; rug from J.D. Staron Galleries,; entry’s Graffito Tattered wallpaper from Petta Thompson,; upholstered bench from Baker,; throw from Bungalow,; table from Palecek,; area rug from Palace Oriental Rugs of Wilton, Page 143: Corner bench from Zentique,; ceiling fixtures from Barn Light Electric, Page 144: Flatiron table, Madeleine side chairs, and Reflector Filament pendant light all from Restoration Hardware, Page 145: Hood and cooktop from Thermador,; cabinetry and shelving by Olson Development; wall tile from Greenwich Tile and Marble, greenwichtileandmarblect. com; quartzite countertops from Everest Marble,; island faucet from KWC,; island sink from Elkay,; French farmhouse pendant lights from Restoration Hardware; farmhouse sink from Kohler,, with Rohl faucet,; Steel Wool cabinet color and Intense White shiplap color by Benjamin Moore, Page 146: Bathroom wall and floor tile from Greenwich Tile and Marble; vanity by Olson Development, with granite top from Everest Marble; mirror and pendant lights from Restoration Hardware; faucet from Kallista,; Stormy Monday bedroom wall color from Benjamin Moore; bed and nightstand from Restoration Hardware; nightstand lamp from Arteriors,; bench from Baker; throw, lumbar pillow, nightstand art, and dresser lamp all from Bungalow. Page 147: Sea Stone Black porcelain floor tile from Greenwich Tile and Marble; Stonington Grey wall color from Benjamin Moore. Page 149: Shower fixture and sink faucet from Sonoma Forge,; sink from Kohler; pebble mosaic floor from Artistic Tile,

Ad Index

A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes

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Albano Appliances 32

Lin Daniels Kitchen Design 39

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The Linen Shop 60 Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath 47 M DiMeo Construction 26 Marianne Donahue Interiors 82–83 Matthew Dougherty 105 McCory Interiors 84–85

Beth Krupa Interiors 62–63

Michael Smith Architects 59

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Olson Development, LLC 4–5

Crown Point Cabinetry 51 Daniel Conlon Architects 45 Dean’s Stove & Spa 31 DesignSourceCT 70–71 Dina Spaidal Interiors 93 Douglas VanderHorn Architects 25 Dujardin Design Associates, Inc. 72–73

Parker & Company Interior Design 33 Phoenix Audio Video 24 ProSource of Stamford 111 Ridgefield Supply Company 38 Robert A. Cardello Architects, LLC 10–11 Robert Dean Architects 113

East Coast Design 74–75

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Gault Stone 103

Torrco 49

Greenwich Design District 6–7

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HBRA of Fairfield County 117

Valor Fireplaces 37

Hemingway Construction 118

Wakefield Design Center 23, 100–101

Hilton Architecture & Interiors 40 Homefront Farmers, LLC 14–15

Washington, CT Design & Antiques Show 97

Hutker Architects 57

Westport Historical Society 114

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Wright Building Company 48

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Sketch Pad

Design Ideas in the Making

are truths in design, those • There tuning-fork notes that resound for

both men and women. When I began working on my new Postscript Collection with Universal Furniture, I decided to reduce my choices to the kinds of finishes and iconography that identify something as appealing and tasteful, but are not gender-specific. The vocabulary draws on the same classic reinterpretations that have distinguished my apparel: argyle, tortoiseshell, cable-knit, and, of course, fabulous buttons—the jewelry of clothing. This Carmichael console looks like a weathered piece that’s got a story to tell. The gray-brown finish works on its own and with what people may already have in their houses. The legs are based on inverted pilasters from an early-1700s house just outside High Point, North Carolina. I won my first Coty Award for a fourteen-color argyle sweater, and if you look at the drawers here, you’ll see argyle-diamond backplates (there are more diamonds inlaid on top) with faux-tortoiseshell “buttons” for the pulls. My goal is to create things that will make people from all walks of life say, “Oh, that’s exactly what I would have done. It’s me, it makes me feel good.” So far I am the only fashion designer to win the American Society of Furniture Designers’ Pinnacle Award . . . and we are now in the finals for another one. Wish us luck!  | Alexander Julian for Universal Furniture,

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